McDonald’s UAE’s logistics fleet of biodiesel delivery trucks have clocked a whopping 10,000,000 kilometers since the launch of the initiative seven years ago, saving 8,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process and contributing to improve air quality in the country.
The McDonald’s UAE Biodiesel Initiative underscores the benefits of using biodiesel and how it can help enhance air quality in line with the government’s Air Quality Strategy 2017 – 2021. Since July 2011, McDonald’s UAE’s logistics fl eet has been running on fuel made from used vegetable oil from their restaurants in the UAE. The biodiesel is converted by Dubai-based company ‘Neutral Fuels’, a UAE-backed venture that makes use of environment-friendly technology. The initiative is part of Dubai’s green schemes and is a team effort that also incorporates Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of the Department of Economic Development.
Besides, the enormity of the achievement becomes evident when the numbers are put into real-world context. Furthermore, Biodiesel does not contain sulphur and use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide (41 per cent reduction), carbon dioxide (78 per cent reduction), sulphates (100 per cent reduction) and particulate matter (55 per cent reduction).